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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UMW has amazing academic programs. You can read an online rating about our academics, or you can experience the true drive for knowledge and success by attending our schools. UMW was not my first school, I transferred into it my Sophomore year. I chose to become a biology major. This school has pushed me to become a better student and person through their programs. I am finishing my degree a much more rounded, accountable, and critically thinking individual. The small class environment allows you to be able to interact with other students and the professors, something you couldn't do at a bigger school. While this will help you grasp a better understanding of the material, it also makes the professors hold you to a higher standard because you aren't a number at UMW. You are a student with a name, face, and personality. I can talk to every one of my previous professors at UMW and they still remember who I am. As for my other school, I don't recall ever meeting them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I can honestly say that the professors at the university are some of the best around. They not only know their material to the fullest extent, they an actually teach! Also, if you ever need help with the material, they will take time out of their busy schedules to help you.

3 College Junior

Academics: Hard but manageable. However teachers sometimes seem to want students to do bad.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The English major/creative writing concentration is one of the best majors this school has, imo. The small sizes of the classes really improve the quality of the classes and the professors are very accessible and friendly. We have a poetry reading every Thursday, which is used a lot in English/creative writing classes. There's also a lot of small group workshops for writing.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I know there are options out there, I just don't know how available they are to everyone.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 801st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1095th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1095th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1136th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 1174th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandy Nicole
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The University really does have excellent academics that should be more recognized. UMW reaps the small-school benefits of having an intimate, focused atmosphere with professors who are genuinely interested in making sure the students fully understand the material. When it comes to questions, an answer is just a quick email or even a phone call away, as the professors are easily accessible and dedicated to their classes. Due to the small class sizes, professors really pay attention to their students. Some will even curve your grade if they see that you actively participate in and attend class. However, this is not to say that every professor on campus is ideal. At every University, there will be good professors and bad professors. Choosing classes without doing some research on or playing by ear is like playing a game of Minesweeper—you will either hit or miss. The downside is that getting a top-notch professor will be hard since the school is small and makes it more competitive during the registration process. This makes it pivotal that you sign up for classes as early as possible, as spaces run out quickly.

All of your work can stem from primarily one or two classes, while you may have little to no work in other classes. While it is possible to get by with being a slacker in some classes, for the most part, there will be regular homework that should be done consistently to keep up with your classes. It is not easy to slack off at UMW, but again, it all depends on the rigor of the classes you select. When it comes to education at UMW, you will get what you put into it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 students: 54%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • Foundations of Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The cubicles in Simpson Library
  • In the lounge
  • In your room
  • A local coffee shop
  • The tables in the laundry room
  • The treehouse desks in Simpson Library
Tips to Succeed
  • All-nighters and studying the night before are bad ideas. REM sleep is necessary to process information, and you'll find yourself more successful if you consistently study.
  • Attendance isn't mandatory for every class, but it is highly recommended. The classes are so small that professors usually notice when you're not there. Also, because you only have the class two to three times a week, if you skip, you end up missing a lot more than you think you would.
  • Avoid situations that would cause too much stress. In other words, don't force yourself into a situation where you'd have to cram in material the night before the test or not know what classes to take during the registration process.
  • Classes are important, but so is being happy. Balance your social life and academic life. Students find that a good way to meet people is through clubs.
  • Don't freak out if you don't get all of your classes during the registration process. If you are diligent, you can usually end up getting a spot in the class during add/drop week by constantly refreshing the registration page.
  • Take advantage of the fact that this is a small school and that professors can pay individual attention to their students. Email them questions, go to their office hours, and (if necessary) call them.
  • Whether it's the treehouses in the library, outside on the benches, or in the laundry room in the basement, finding a place you can concentrate on work is important.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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